Alan earned his J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota, and his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. He was a human rights fellow with Centre for Applied Legal Studies in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a development intern with Mazingira Institute in Nairobi, Kenya. Alan has practiced immigration law exclusively since 1997. He now manages a practice that involves working with corporations, institutions, and individuals across industries and occupations in preparing temporary work visa petitions, labor certification applications, extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher, and related employment-based cases, and he also handles investor, physician, asylum, naturalization, family, and religious worker cases.
Alan is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Ethics Committee. He also served as AILA’s Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter Chair and on various AILA national committees, including as Chair of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee and as member of the Social Security, USCIS Ombudsman, and ICE liaison committees. He was Chair of the Immigration Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He serves on the Policy Committee of the Center for Victims of Torture and on the Steering Committee of the Refugee and Asylum Project of the Advocates for Human Rights.
He speaks and writes on immigration law topics, including most recently:
- “Practice Safe Social Networking,” Immigration Practice News, 2011
- “Protecting Your Assets: Drafting Ethical and Profitable Representation Agreements,” The Entrepreneurial Lawyer, 2011
- AILA Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Panel, “Back in the USA: How to Return After Relief Has Been Granted,” 2009
- AILA Annual Conference, San Diego, Panel Discussion Leader, “Using New Social Media: Ethics Issues for the Immigration Attorney,” 2011
- AILA, Business School for the Immigration Lawyer Conference, 2011
- AILA Annual Conference, Nashville, Panel Discussion Leader, 2012
- “I-9 and E-Verify,” Fundamentals of Employment Law, 2011
- AILA Upper Midwest Conference, St. Paul, Panel “Advanced H-1B Issues for Small Employers,” April 2012
- “Foreign Ag Investors Choose Between Employment Discrimination, Green Cards,” Progressive Dairyman, June 7, 2011